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democratic Republic Kongo: Report about the Mining Sector

FOSYCO has its central Headquarters in the three mining Provinces Katanga, Kasai-Oriental and South-Kivu. It may be emphasized, that the headquarters of all companies normaly are localized in the capital Kinshasa. In general commit all mining companies their employees to stay on site. Some Companies grants modest bonuses, which in no way compensated the work and availability of the employees at the work places compared with the social legislation.

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Kenya: Two dead and four missing miners

Two miners have been confirmed dead and four others are still missing in Macalder Mines in Nyatike Migori County after the quarry collapsed due to heavy rains that is pounding the area.
According to reports in one of the local dailies the Star, the bodies of the dead miners were pulled 24 hours after the accident raising issues regarding disaster response when such cases occur.

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South Africa: Demand for better safety after nearly 1,000 miners trapped

Trade unions in South Africa are calling for an urgent review of safety after almost 1,000 miners were trapped underground for more than 24-hours at the Sibanye-Stillwater Beatrix gold mine in Free State.

All the 955 miners had been brought to the surface by around 6am on Friday 2 February after being stuck down the mine following a storm on the night of Wednesday 31 January that caused a power outage.

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Zimbabwe Women Stage Sit-In for Husbands’ Unpaid Wages February 5, 2018 Tula Connell

Hundreds of women in western Zimbabwe who have waged a week-long sit-in at Hwange Colliery Co. Ltd. (HCCL), demanding unpaid wages for their husbands who labor in the company’s coal mines, say they are set to march to tourist-packed Victoria Falls. There, says the women’s spokesperson, Thokozile Ncube, “we will tell the world everything about the company and how our government has failed us.”

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South Africa: Solidarity to the striking miners

To the striking miners of the Kusasalethu gold mine

the dismissal of a union leader of the militant trade union AMCU, as well as the attempt to declare your strike illegal, shows very clearly how the international mining companies want to assert their interests against the miners. He has my full support and solidarity and I will do everything in my power to make your struggle known worldwide.

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Kenia: German interests on rare earths

From Germany there is an increased interest in Kenya. This is no coincidence. At the latest in 2012, international corporations were attracted to the deposits of rare earths in Kenya. According to experts, e.g. the niobium deposit in southeast Kenya is the sixth largest in the world. The exploitation of the entire reserves would make Kenya a major supplier of this rare metal.

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Asia: 1400 coal workers on Strike in Mozambique

Vale says coal workers in Mozambique strike over pay 17th February 2016 By: Reuters EMAIL THIS ARTICLE MAPUTO – Workers at Vale's Moatize coal mine in Mozambique have been on strike since Tuesday due to a dispute over bonus payments, the company said on Wednesday. Mozambican state news agency earlier reported that 1 400 workers went on strike because Vale had cut a profit-sharing bonus called "variable remuneration", which the company says it only pays if it achieves strong results. Vale says no employee globally was paid the bonus because the company didn't achieve the required financial performance last year due to depressed commodity prices.

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South Africa: Solidarity address of MARIKANA

Greetings of solidarity to the striking South African Coalminers and their union NUM
Dear friends and comrades, We have learned that you are on strike for higher wages since Sunday, 4th October. We wish you a lot of strength, endurance and success in the fight for your goals!
In Germany, where the last mines are to be closed, the workers and their families also look at you. The miners are faced with the challenge of preventing the pit closures. It is about jobs and our environment! It will be destroyed with fracking and toxic waste underground deposits. Let us not allow that international mining companies increase their profits at the
expense of the health of humans and nature.

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